I was never much of a sauna girl. Despite the fact that I generally love all things hot, the sauna was, for me, too hot, too stifling. But my husband, he’s a Finn, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I got over it and joined the club. And really, I should love them. The excessive amounts of lumber. Their simplicity. The wood stove. The tiny yellow window glowing from the outside.

The history of saunas goes back some 2000 years in Finland, Norway and Sweden. Now you can find luxurious versions of these simple steam rooms in spas and health clubs all over the world. What makes the sauna, one of the world’s earliest recorded forms of bathing, such an integral part of the spa experience? It works! One of the best ways to look and feel better is to cleanse the skin. The intense dry heat of the sauna can induce lots of sweat and when this happens skin pores open and toxins are flushed out. Fewer toxins in the pores results in tighter, smoother and more youthful looking skin.  That’s certainly something I can get behind!

As an added bonus, did you know that the heat inside saunas can cause an increase in blood flow similar to exercise? When the heart is able to beat more efficiently and circulation is improved more vital nutrients are delivered to the skin. Wow! Who knew that sitting still and relaxing could be this good for you!

So I’m sold. How about you?


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